Timelapse Captures Fire Whirl in Old Station, California

A red flag warning was issued for parts of northern California on Thursday, September 9, as strong winds were expected to exacerbate the 927,320-acre Dixie Fire.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Old Station, California, on Wednesday evening, according to InciWeb, as the Dixie Fire moved closer to the town.

This timelapse footage filmed by public information officer Ryan Love, who said it was taken just outside Old Station on September 7, shows the progression of a fire whirl on the scene of the Dixie Fire.

“A fire whirl is a whirlwind induced by a fire and often composed of flame or ash,” Love wrote in a tweet. “They occur when intense rising heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air, capable of throwing hot embers miles ahead.” Credit: Ryan Love via Storyful

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